Fun at the Old Threshers Reunion

A celebration of the Midwest's agricultural history

| May/June 2000

  • Steam engine at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
    Socializing at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
  • Horse-powered baling
    Horse-powered baling takes visitors back in time at the Old Threshers Reunion.

  • Steam engine at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
  • Horse-powered baling

The 1999 Old Threshers Reunion reflected a spirit of enthusiasm and cooperation as hundreds of volunteers came together in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, September 2-6, to demonstrate and celebrate the Midwest's agricultural history. The sights and sounds which make up the exhilarating atmosphere at Midwest Old Threshers mark a truly great steam show. Large crowds numbering around 120,000 people attended the five-day event.

For the uninitiated, it is wise to plan an extended visit to be able to experience all of the activities. One of the reasons people enjoy the Old Threshers Reunion so much is that they can become a part of the action.

"Today, there is a lot of focus on offering interactive experiences for people," reflected Lennis Moore, Midwest Old Threshers CEO. "What we have in the Old Threshers Reunion is truly interactive. All of the senses are involved. Visitors can ride the trolleys, trains and steam-powered carousel. They are seeing, hearing, and in some cases even assisting with, the actual early farming practices. People are interacting with the demonstrators and exhibitors asking questions and learning about the equipment and how it was used."

The year 2000 will bring the 50th anniversary of the Old Threshers Reunion. The event will be held August 31-September 4 with several special events and commemorative items planned.

The traction steam area is always a popular place for swapping stories about the iron engines or for learning something new. The Midwest Old Threshers Reunion is the largest steam show in the country.

The most recent visitor survey showed the Old Threshers Reunion's main attraction to be steam engines. The engines provide power for separators, the full-scale Sears sawmill, the cane press for sorghum-making, and shingle and veneer mills to name a few tasks.


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